Putting this together was very difficult so please be patient.
The other day I was researching Maura Murray's disappearance when I stumbled on an article that flips this case on it's head.
It was an article featuring quotes from Butch Atwood. Here's an extract from the article:
“The next thing he knew, Haverhill Police Department Sgt. Cecil Smith was banging on his bus window. Smith asked him if he had called in the accident and seen anyone at the scene. Atwood told Smith he had seen a girl about 20 with dark hair.
Smith said when he arrived, Murray was no longer with her car. In the seven to nine minutes between the time Atwood had left Murray to call for help and the time Smith arrived, Murray had vanished.
"I took a ride around the back roads," Atwood said. "I was gone about 15 minutes. Then I took a ride to French Pond."
He even drove about a mile down the road to the store in Swiftwater to check and see if she was there. She wasn't.
When he returned to the accident scene, a New Hampshire State Police trooper was there.
Atwood said they checked the woods in the immediate area to see if Murray had gone into the forest. There weren't any tracks.”
So why is this so important? Well it completely contradicts the statements made by John Monaghan on the Oxygen documentary. Here is what John Stated:
First he claims to have been near the Wire Mill in Lisbon NH. This area is approximately a 17 minute drive from Maura's crash site.
So if John as he stated began driving in the direction of the crash site, he should have arrived no later than 7:47 PM, a minute after Cecil arrived, but clearly by Butch's statements, this isn't the case.
Monaghan claimed to have made two stops, one to a dark colored Subaru. He asked the driver if she saw a female walking.
This is another problem since Monaghan claims Cecil Smith called dispatch to advise that a female was missing, yet in reality when Cecil Smith arrived on scene, he called dispatch to have the license plate run. It came back to being owned by Fred Murray of Weymouth MA per an article written in the journal opinion. Here is Cecil's statement:
“On Feb. 9 at 7:29p.m., a 911 call was placed by residents on Wild Ammonoosuc Road about a motor vehicle accident. At 7:46 p.m., Grafton County Dispatch received a call that Sgt. Cecil Smith arrived at the scene. Smith found the vehicle locked and without a driver. He had dispatch run the license plate for the black 1996 Saturn 4-door. He was informed that the car was owned by Fred Murray of Weymouth, MA. “
Oddly enough, John Monaghan never once comments on this!
John also claimed that he ran into Welma Robinson who was working at the switwater stage stop. She was on her way home from working her shift. Again, in Butch Atwood's statement he claims to have driven to that store in his bus however there is no mention by Welma of ever seeing Butch Atwood at that store. Also, if Butch Atwood left shortly after Cecil Smith arrived on scene and knocked on his window, then wouldn't Butch and Monaghan crossed paths?
According to John he claims the caller said that they couldn't see her anymore, however he doesn't specify if it's Butch or if it's Faith. The problem here is that it's unlikely that it's Butch since he had a hard time getting throught, but either way we have the transcripts of the 911 calls and there was no mention of this conversation ever existing. It's like John made the whole thing up!
Now we know from Butch's statement that John Monaghan was on scene when he returned from his 15 minute drive. Check out what John claims in the documentary:
“so, when I got to the scene, [00:07:30] I pulled up and Cecil Smith was already there and I saw the car kinda smashed into the tree,